Pigeon Tales

September 19, 2010

Weighing Days and another Rescue

From the

Diary as of  4/22  – 5/3/10

4/22 I finally rescued Peggy! It was an exciting catch – Apparently I am getting some  skills now  😀  😀  .  I removed the washing peg and noticed that there was no damage to the toe and she received a green ring, #R3 and off she went!

4/23 Pina laid her second egg – #10

Willy is such a dear father-to-be and mate.  He is so reliable and changes egg sitting duty with Pina regularly. He loves Pina very much and they look so sweet together:

4/24 Winnie is hospitalized now since 9 weeks! And I thought she would be a “quickie” to recover. What was I thinking?

4/25 Pina weighs only 338 gr – so I decided to hand feed her again 3 times a day. This weight is not bad but is not enough to give her some resources if the infection is coming back.

Exchanged Pina’s eggs with the plaster eggs.

Emma laid second egg #45 – strangely late – it is more than 3 days between the two.

4/26 Mounted a net on the balcony – only half is closed off now in order to reduce the traffic –  because of that rotten neighbour.

4/29 Pina weighs 350 gr again – so my hand feeding is showing results. I also can feel that she’s got “more flesh on her ribs” again! This is very good – I am content.

4/30 Exchanged Emma’s eggs and found that one egg was not fertile. I already wondered that she had laid that egg 3 days after the first – so there was something wrong with it. This happened for the first time since I am monitoring her.

5/1 Willy sits on the eggs since 9.00 this morning and does not move from the nest at all. He just now left after 7 hours!!! The weather is not very nice today and also cool again after it had been quite warm the last few days.

Winnie seems to feel cold a bit also – she is puffed up so I closed the window.

Pina is flying around in the studio and we are playing with her quite often the “catch and hit” game which means either she has to catch and bite my finger or I am using a stick with a feather mounted on the top. She loves this game and it keeps the bloodpressure going.

Oh my – Lilly laid an egg again in the middle of the balcony floor, just on the plain concrete. Due to my rotten neighnour I cannot give her a nest again. I am really sad and desperate. When will she and Mr. Bossy understand that they have to find another place for nesting?

Pauline already lost her’s last week on the balustrade. I could watch her pressing it out just on the balustrade. Looked quite painful and I could see that she had something like contractions. She must have been in pain because she closed her eyes often. And of course I was so struck that I forgot the camera again.

5/2 Today is weighing day again:

Pina – 344 gr, Winnie – 359 gr

5/3 Willy sleeps tonight in his box inside – it is very ugly outside, rainy and cold: only 11°. He sat for 8 1/2 hours on the eggs – since 9 am.

Winnie has a little relapse since yesterday – poor little one. I carried her around a couple of times while she had a few seizures.

Angelo missing since 2 days! I think he has babies and is very busy!



  1. omg…i found a baby bird yesterday and i dont know anything about pigeons…… ive been calling a few wildlife programs …so they can probably take him but no one has called me back. he/she is really sweet bird but i dunno how to feed it…i dont want it to die….im from nyc can anyone help me?

    Comment by jennifer — September 21, 2010 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  2. TONIGHT: Animal Activist and Television Host Jane Velez-Mitchell will expose the October 3 Pigeon Shoot in PA thanks to SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness).

    Please set your recorders and share the news so that this segment earns great ratings. Good ratings on these animal stories encourage places like CNN to do more animal protection stories!

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    Send a positive message to CNN HERE.

    If you know reporters that might be interested in carrying the story, there is information below and FREE video (courtesy of Sharkonline.org) they can use HERE!

    15,000 Domestic Birds to be Shot for Target Practice
    Activists travel to Pennsylvania almost every week to attend the pigeon shoots and document the event. They point out that Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law, Title 18, section 5511, prohibits a person from wantonly or cruelly ill-treating or abusing any animal. The law also prohibits neglect, abandonment, and deprivation of food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care. Pigeon shoots violate every one of these prohibitions. All of the information including videos can be downloaded below or at PigeonShoots.com.

    Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. The next canned pigeon shoot event is scheduled for October 3, 2010.

    The pigeons are captured and collected for weeks ahead of time, then released from trap boxes only yards away from the so-called “sportsmen”. The birds are generally dazed and suffering from dehydration or starvation as they are sprung out of the boxes.

    Rather than mercifully being given a quick death, 70% of the birds are injured when shot and either left to suffer slow deaths or collected and killed by pigeon shoot “trapper boys” or “wringers”, traditionally children, who break their necks, step on them, tear off wings, suffocate them, or cut off their heads with garden shears, among other abuses.

    Pigeon shoots are nothing more than a vile excuse for entertainment for the dull-witted or psychopathic. Illegal in other countries and in all but a couple of American states, most people realize the despicable nature of these bird-killing contests.

    Activists vow to take the war against Pennsylvania’s remaining live pigeon shoots directly to the people, aided by a $1 million gift from former television personality Bob Barker.

    Legislation is pending in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate (H.B. 1411/S.B. 843) to ban the killing of animals launched for trap shoots or tied in place for block shoots. Activists say: Vote YES on H.B. 1411/S.B. 843 to stop live animal shoots.

    About SHARK
    SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Steve Hindi. With a small core of volunteers and approved humane investigators, SHARK battles tirelessly against bullfighting, pigeon shoots, turkey shoots, canned hunts (and all hunting), rodeos, circuses, zoos, and marine parks… any issue that involves violation of the innate rights of living creatures.

    Contact: Steve Hindi – President/Founder

    Email: info@sharkonline.org

    Phone: 630-557-0176

    Comment by JVMFan — September 30, 2010 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

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